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Jaldapara Wildlife & Bhutan Escape

Itinerary

Upon your arrival at Bagdogra airport you will be greeted by our guide and driver. After short discussion you will be driven to Jaldapara National Park renown for birdwatchers and wildlife photographer worldwide. Easy trails, comfortable climate and easy access to great wildlife location make Jaldapara a very special place to learn the tropical mammals and birds.

Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary is a best place in North India to see Asiatic one horned Rhinos, Asiatic elephant, guars (Indian Bison), samber deer, swamp deer, hog deer, wild pigs, and a good number of birds. If you are lucky you will encounter the rare species animals like Royal Bengal Tiger, hispid hare and hog-badger, but the chances are very rare. You can also view birds like Indian hornbill, Bengal florican, jungle fowl, pea fowl and patridges. Varieties of eagles such as crested eagle and fish eagle can also be spotted. The sanctuary holds maximum number of one horned Rhino in India. The best possible way to spot wild animals especially the Asiatic one horned Rhinos is doing an elephant safari. Elephant safari can be done from Hollong and Barodabari Malangi lodge. One can also choose Jeep safari inside the sanctuary.

Early morning you will be riding the giant elephant through the thick jungle to spot some of the rare mammal species found. If you are lucky, you will encounter one horn rhinoceros and other mammals including sambar deer, gaurs, peacocks and varieties of tropical bird species along Torsa River. After the elephant safari you will be led for cultural sightseeing to visit the indigenous Toto native people. This group of people lives in huts and some make their home up in the trees. You can also visit the factory to see how the Doars tea is produced. After the factory you will drive straight to Phuntsholing which lies at a lowely 1700ft/518m.

After completing your immigration formalities drive to Thimphu through a pleasant forest. From Phuntsholing you will see how the Himalayas are swiftly rising up from the Indian planes and the road rapidly begins to climbs to a cool environment. The landscape and the climate change vastly en-route makes sure you carry worm cloths. You will pass through almost a perpetually shrouded in a fine mist, and if the weather is clear the surrounding landscape is stunning with magnificent Vince waterfall. Reaching Thimphu you will soon notice that it is unlike most of the capital cities of the world. There are no high rise buildings and the traffic is very low.

The bustling capital Thimphu has lot to offer. In the morning drive further north of the city crossing the Wang Chhu River on another beautiful wooden bridge with a shingle roof; you can hike for an hour to visit the Cheri Goemba. The goemba was built by Zhabdrung in 1620 and it is the first place where he established the monastic body.  The surrounding forest is filled with Oaks where you will get ample opportunities to spot several high altitude birds including Spotted Laughing Thrush, Fire-capped Tit and Yellow-billed Flower pickers etc. Returning back to city immerse in cultural and religious splendor by visiting some of the well known places of history including the historical Changangkha Lhakhang, Trashichhoe Dzong, Drubthop Goemba, Dechen Phodrang and the giant golden Buddha statue.

Early hotel checkout drive to the glacier Phobjikha valley via Dochula Pass. The pass lies at a cool crops 10150ft/3100m and your route takes you through a spectacularly lovely forest of pine, oaks and rhododendrons. Beside the magnificent 108 chortens if the weather is clear the pass offers a magnificent view of the Himalayan mountain range. From this lofty spot it’s downhill till you reach Wangdue. From Wangdue the road is steady steep ascent to Lawala pass (10,800ft/3293m). In summer the hill slopes are alive with vibrant blooms of pink, white and red rhododendrons. From the pass you will gradually descent into the glacier Phobjikha valley famed for the migratory black-necked crane.  The birds arrive from Tibet at the end of October and return back to Tibet at first week of March.

In Phobjikha valley you will have optional hiking. Shasila Nature Hike: This beautiful hike begins from Gangtay Goemba and taking you through Tokha village and gradually ascent up word through rhododendron forest crossing open meadows towards Shasila Chorten. From the top you will gradually descent down to Khelekha village.  The other picturesque hike is Longtey taking you through some of the most beautiful parts of Gangtay. The Tongphushing Trail is a beautiful leisurely walk through the pine forest, farmland and villages. The hike starts at Gangtay and provides an insight into village life, farming and great view of Phobjikha valley. If you are here during winter you will encounter the endangered bird – black-necked crane. It is the winter roosting ground for the birds.

Today you will drive to Punakha. The remarkable Punakha was once the old capital of Bhutan where the historic events, coronation of the first king and the national assembly session were accounted to have held here. Still today, the place is a winter capital of the central monastic body and the chief abbot. Early arrival make a pleasant 30-40 minutes walk from the road head to visit the popular Chimi Lhakhang. This lhakhang dated back to 1499 and was built by Lama Ngawang Chogyel in honor of Lama Drukpa Kuenley. Visit the historical Punakha Dzong saddled on the confluence of two rivers. This extremelyimpressive fortress was built as back as 1637. It was the second of the mightiest dzong built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel.

Today in the morning hour drive further north of Punakha and hike to Khamsum Yueley Namgyel Temple, which was consecrated in 1999 after a mammoth eight year construction period. The stupa perched on the majestic blue pine hill of Sirigang village. It is a 45 minutes leisurely walk over the gentle hills. Enjoy the panoramic view of the village and surrounding mountains. After your lunch in newly setup Khuruthang town drive to Paro.

We suggest making an early start since the hike to Taktsang Goemba is quite an uphill task. It takes 3-4 hours walk at an average speed.  The goemba perched on a cliff face at 3000ft/915m avaove the valley floor is one the most important pilgrimage site in the Himalayas. According to the legend Guru Padmasambhava visited the site in eight century, flying from the east of the country on the back of a tigress. He meditated in the cave for three months donning his terrifying form of Guru Dorji Droloe, subjugating the evil spirit residing in the locality. The historical site was built by the fourth Druk Desi Tenzin Rabgyel in 1692 but a mysterious devastating fire in 1998 let to the complete destruction.

After your leisurely breakfast in the hotel drive to Paro airport and depart to your onward destination. Here you bid adieu to your helpful Bhutanese tourist guide and driver and proceed to your onward destination.

The Above Price includes following services

  • Bhutan Visa
  • All Permits – Museum Fees
  • Standard Room in 3 Star Hotels – Upgrade to 4 & 5 Star can be arranged on Additional Cost.
  • Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner with Evening Tea
  • Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) Licensed Professional Driver
  • SUV for FIT & Toyota Van from 3 – 8 Pax & Toyota Coaster Coach from 8 – 20 Pax
  • Decade old TCB Licensed Tour Guide
  • All Sightseeing with Walks and Hikes
  • Bottled Mineral Water

Tour Cost

Bhutan Government uphold a strategy of “High Value-Low Impact” tourism policy, which serves as the purpose of creating an image of exclusive and high-yield destination among travelers.  Therefore, Baeyul Excursions has initiated its tourism policy – to maintain its environment, ecological friendly, preservation of social-cultural and economically viable, prevent from overrun mass tourism and while at the same time to ensure visitors get the most out of their trips. The minimum cost outlined by Baeyul Excursions offers the charm of the isolated Himalayan kingdom, which was founded on the principle of sustainability.

  • Single Individual: USD 2,730/-
  • Group of 02 Members: USD 2,630/-
  • Group of 03 Members and Above: USD 2,330/-
  • One Time Bank Transfer Charges: USD 45/-

Not included:

  • Round Trip Air Tickets
  • International Travel Insurance
  • Alcohol & Beverages
  • Entertainment Cost – Pub & Nightclubs
  • Tips for Tour Guide, Driver and Hotel Staffs
  • Donations to Monasteries and Temples
  • Payment Wiring Fee of USD 50
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